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Re-Style Your Summer Wardrobe for Fall

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge, Caroline, a recent high school graduate, is off to college and looking for a chic yet casual new look. She is moving in by herself and only bringing 2 suitcases. Can I help her create a capsule wardrobe that can go from late summer to early fall? Yup!

 

ROLL YOUR SLEEVES. YOU LOOK COOLER!

 

It is one of the easiest ways to instantly make you look skinnier, trendier and cooler. With that much awesomeness created in an instant, why wouldn’t you do it? By rolling up the sleeves of a shirt or a blazer, you are defining your waist by drawing the eye to your middle. In addition, often times leaving a sleeve down allows a garment to overwhelm your body. Basically the item is wearing you rather than you wearing the item. If this seems confusing, watch the video above and be amazed by the magic of a rolled up sleeve!

 

HOW TO ROCK A BLANKET STYLE SWEATER.

 

I am all about function first, fashion second. And if we can make that function ridiculously comfortable in the family of a blanket, then hell yes! An oversized, blanket-style sweater is all the jam. It can be used on a cozy Sunday afternoon for lounging or go out on a Saturday night with skinny jeans and heeled booties. It is basically your go-to piece for any “I just threw this on and look fabulous look”.

 

TO BELT OR NOT TO BELT.

 

Lots of people think that if something is oversized they NEED to belt it, not so. Stay away from the belts!!! In fact, do the exact opposite. Let your oversized item be just that, oversized. Don’t fight with the silhouette. So you don’t get swallowed by it, everything else you have on should be fairly fitted. And if you want to define your waist, put on a long pendant necklace that hits right at your belly button. This draws the eye in just as a belt would!

Styling Hacks Using Household Items

For this week’s #CommunityClosetChallenge, I shared my best insider styling tricks using everyday household items. You never knew toothpaste was so useful! 

 

TOOTHPASTE AS SILVER POLISH? HELL YES!

 

This is one of the best tricks I have ever learned and I use it all the time. Almost every client I have has a pile of tarnished silver jewelry that they plan on getting to (and never do). Most people do not have silver polish on hand, but EVERYONE has toothpaste. Just put a little on a paper towel and go to town on your jewelry. It instantly goes back to it’s original glory. Amazing? You betcha.

 

DOUBLE STICK TAPE IS A WARDROBE GAME CHANGER

 

I always have double stick tape on me, it’s that useful. It can fix most wardrobe emergencies, I’m that serious about it. I ONLY use Topstick Toupee tape. Hell, if it can keep a toupee from flying off it can definitely hold your boobs in place. Not only is it good for your Jennifer Lopez green Versace Grammy moment, it also fixes a torn pant hem instantly. Buy this NOW. You can thank me later.

 

MAXI PADS ARE FOR MORE THAN “THAT TIME OF THE MONTH”

 

I don’t use maxi pads for Aunt Flow, I use them for my armpits. I sweat and that is never in style. I own some seriously cute things that I do not want to ruin with my leaky armpits. Just stick a thin panty liner with adhesive where your armpit hits your blazer and voila, problem solved. Just don’t take your jacket off in public, that is NOT a cute style hack to reveal at a dinner party…..

Create Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Sherrie, a 30-something stay-at-home mom who is looking to buy a new summer wardrobe after losing 20 pounds. You’ll wear these must-have pieces over and over to every fitting occasion this summer. 

 

THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS

 

Dresses are most people’s number one go-to in the summertime. Why? Because it is one and done. Your look is complete with a singular fabulous item. So why not make it the perfect piece no matter your body type, budget or lifestyle? A “sexy mumu” is the ultimate option. You look hot and you can eat 3 cheeseburgers at the BBQ. The main components of this option are slinky straps, an open, low neckline leading into a super loose and flowy long dress.

 

CHANGE YOUR WHOLE LOOK WITH SUNGLASSES

 

Sunglasses are one of the most important things you will own. They can upgrade and stylize your entire look in an instant. You go from having a “meh” outfit to freakin’ fabulous all by choosing the right sunnies for your face. This should be a collection. Take time to craft the wide variety of options you should and will have. The basics should include aviators (sporty and casual you) and an oversized pair (glam and chic you). My collection even includes options for specific locations…. Miami, the Hamptons, Greece, etc. And remember, a collection of anything takes time. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

 

THE ULTIMATE JEAN SHORTS

 

Jean shorts are not for everyone, I get that. I also believe that it is probably a case of not finding the right pair for your body type, budget and lifestyle. I believe whole-heartedly that they should NOT be expensive. I also believe that they should be comfortable. This is often a hard combo to come by unless you know a stylist who can tell you where to find them. Oh hello, my name is Amy, have we met? American Eagle (yes, the store for teenagers) has the best jean shorts ever. High-waisted, stretchy, long(er) and super comfortable. Boom, problem solved.

City to Country Style

This week on #CommunityClosetChallenge I chatted with Crystina, a 40-something HR manager at a farm who is originally from Boston but recently moved to upstate NY, about how to transition her big city wardrobe to a country look. You can still look chic on the countryside!

 

BE YOURSELF! NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE.

 

This is a must. You should always be you no matter where you are living. Clothing is a suit of armor to make you feel like your most bad-ass self, not a costume. The key is to identify your favorite element of your style and showcase it no matter where you are. If big jewelry is your thing, wear it. Just style it for your new locale. For example, country style = stone jewelry. Leave the big pearls for city life…..

 

HOW TO STYLE YOUR CITY DRESS “COUNTRY”

 

Just because you move does not mean you need to get rid of everything you own for your “new life.” Is this a great opportunity to clean out your closet with an iron fist? Yes. Is it also a moment to challenge your restyling capabilities? Hell yes. Check out my checklist below for tips on how to instantly turn your city pieces into country friendly looks. Hint: A blue denim jacket is your new best friend.

 

MASK STYLE. YES, THIS IS NOW A “THING”

 

Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I’d be giving styling tips for face masks, and yet, here we are. Get ready, this is going to rival your sunglasses collection. It’s essentially the same thing. It goes on your face the moment you leave the house and you want it to complete your look, not compete with it. If this idea is so ridiculous to you (it kind of is to me too), choose a mask retailer that is donating all proceeds to a charity. Style mixed with good doing is always in fashion.

#ThisQuarantineLife

  • by Amy Salinger
  • May 29th, 2020
  • My Style

With nothing but time on our hands, pushing ourselves to be creative while executing mundane everyday tasks is at an all-time high. What is a fashion stylist stuck in a house in the woods during Covid to do? Dress up in every cocktail dress and gown I have while doing chores around the house obviously. Yes people, this is the best version of my quarantine life. Enjoy.